Definition of Reform Judaism in English:

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Reform Judaism

Pronunciation: /rəˈfô(ə)rm/ /rēˈfô(ə)rm ˈjo͞odəˌizəm/ /ˈjo͞odēˌizəm/


A form of Judaism, initiated in Germany by the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729–86), that has reformed or abandoned aspects of Orthodox Jewish worship and ritual in an attempt to adapt to modern changes in social, political, and cultural life.
Example sentences
  • Unlike Orthodox Jews, members of Reform Judaism view Jewish laws as adaptable to the changing needs of cultures over time.
  • Conservative Judaism combines elements of Orthodox and Reform Judaism.
  • Wise sought to make so-called classic Reform Judaism more responsive to modern Jewish needs.


Reform Jew

Example sentences
  • It's a shame that a sophisticated, Reform Jew like you should be encouraging Jews to be paranoid in our modern, liberal age!
  • For Helen, a professed Reform Jew, there is no contradiction between being a member of the Jewish community in Atlanta or Miami and being a Southern American.
  • Although nominally an Orthodox Jew - I had my bar-mitzvah in an Orthodox synagogue - I am, intellectually, a Reform Jew.

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Syllabification: Re·form Ju·da·ism

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